Momofuku Duck dinner - what else to get?
- waxyjax Mar 18, 2013 11:00 AM
I'll be in a party of 6 getting the rotisserie duck dinner tomorrow night. I was wondering what else you guys think we should get with it?
The first couple times I went to Ssam bar were early in its inception and I loved it. The menu has changed since then. I went back a couple years ago and actually found what I got to be disappointing....but here I am giving it another shot.
If there's anything you guys think would go well with the duck I'd love to hear it.
Oysters with kombu mignonette
Fuji apple kimchi with maple labne - probably need 2 orders for 6 people
The crispy pig ear ssam on the menu right now is also awesome, but it's only 3 pieces, so you'd need 2 orders for 6 people. I'd also consider the market greens with XO sauce, just for some contrast.
thanks again for the recommendations everyone - sorry for the late follow up!
first of all, like i mentioned earlier i'm not in love with Momofuku Ssam Bar. however the rotisserie duck is FANTASTIC. also, the chive pancakes were otherworldly, the bibb lettuce so fresh that after taking it home and forgetting about it for a few days it was still very fresh in my fridge. i would definitely go back for that dinner. wow.
here's what else we got:
-Oysters with kombu mignonette: delicious
-Pork buns: we got some for the first timers. They're solid, but I actually prefer the ones at Ippudo
-Roasted Maitake w/ Liver mousse: tasty and rich. I wasn't blown away by it but thought it was good - some of my friends really loved it
-Fuji apple kimchi - tasty, but it got overshadowed by the bolder flavors at the table.
-Market greens - sauteed bok choy: wasn't a standout but was nice to have some greens
-Broccoli with ranch dressing and bacon bits: good in an expected way
-Pig ear ssam: a big hit. We were all surprised by what we called the Big Mac sauce (I imagine a fancy thousand island dressing) in it - in a good way.
-BBQ pork bun: it was finished before it got to me! friends seemed to like it though
-sorbet for dessert: highly recommend it. It was the richest, creamiest sorbet I've ever had.
-lemon meringue tart: it was good but paled in comparison to the sorbet.
our party expanded to be 8.5 people (the half person wasn't so hungry) and the tab averaged out to be about $85/person including drinks.
The apple kimchi will provide a nice balance with the richness of the duck.
For starters, the Roasted Maitake w/ olive berries and liver mousse would be excellent - keeping things with the poultry theme somewhat (don't recall if it's duck or chicken liver - was delicious either way...) - the mousse is very rich so even splitting it among six people would probably be fine.
I'd see what's in the "raw bar" section - it'd provide a nice contrast. The uni is always great, however they prepare it, but it might take at least two orders if not three for six people.
The octopus has been great of late - it's a (smallish) entree, but would work as a starter among six people, certainly.
For sides - the market greens, for sure.
I'd stay away from noodles, rice cakes, etc - as delicious as they are, they're among the more filling dishes, and with the duck coming you don't want to fill up on bread, so to speak.
Had the duck dinner over a year ago. The thing that left an impression was that there was a lot of rice left over. A lot of delicious rice covered in duck drippings. You'd probably want to focus on things that'll mix well with that rice and would help cut that fat. I'd recommend pickles, kimchi, and the market greens with XO sauce.
i'm probably one of the few people that find the rice cakes pretty boring (flavor profile feels one-dimensional and i've had better versions through the years)...but i have to say i once pan fried my leftover ssam bar rice cakes with eggs once and it made the dish 1000x more interesting.